Time, memory and nature are the central motifs that underlie the photographic imagery of American photographer Beth Moon. Whether she is recording the majestic, sentinel-like Baobab trees for the Portraits of Time series; capturing the strange balance between childhood innocence and the darker wisdom of nature in the project, Thy Kingdom Come; rendering menacing carnivorous plants in the Savage Garden portfolio, or constructing fanciful, dreamscapes in the Seen But Not Heard portfolio; Moon reveals a magical and intuitive appreciation for the ways in which time, memory and nature define our understanding of man's place in the universe.
Moon was born in the U. S. and studied fine art at the University of Wisconsin. Classes in painting, life drawing, sculpture, and design would set the groundwork for her work in photography, which was to come years later.
Moving to England, a country with a love for all things arboreal, gave her a fresh look at a land that boasts the largest concentration of ancient trees. Inspired by these trees she decided to make a series of their portraits. Unhappy with the photographic tonality and stability of ink-jet printing, she started to experiment with alternative printing processes, learning platinum/palladium printing, an ideal process for her vision. She concentrated on mastering this printing technique, doing all of her own printing.
“By using the longest lasting photographic process, I hope to speak about survival, not only of man and nature’s but to photography’s survival as well. For each print I mix ground platinum and palladium metals, making a tincture that is hand-coated onto heavy watercolor paper and exposed to light. There are many steps involved in creating the final print and these are as important to me as the capturing of the image," said Moon. A platinum print can last for centuries, drawing on the common theme of time and survival, pairing photographic subject and process.
Beth now resides in the San Francisco bay area of California with her family. Her work has been the object of numerous solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide, receiving critical acclaim. Beth is represented by Corden Potts in San Francisco, Verve Gallery in Santa Fe, PH Neutro in Verona, Italy and Vision Gallery in Jerusalem, Israel.
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